# In a certain candy store, 3 pounds of candy and 2 pounds of mints cost $10.80, and 1 pound of candy and 3 pounds of mints cost $5.35. What is the cost per pound of the mints?

##### 1 Answer

#### Answer:

Mints cost

I have taken you up to this point and given a strong hint about to solve the next bit.

#### Explanation:

The trick with these question to 'get rid of 1 of the unknowns so that you can solve for the remaining one.

Let the cost of candy per pound be

Let the cost of mints per pound be

Then we have:

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Consider equation(2)

Subtract

But

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Substitute

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Hint: substitute